2008 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm

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  • Syrah
  • 750ML
  • JH 96
  • WF 94
  • RR 94
  • IWC 92
  • WA 91
  • WE 90
  • WS 90

Reviews for 2008 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm

JH 96
James Halliday - James Halliday, February 2011
Deep colour; vivid hue; fresh black fruits licorice toasty oak and sappy complexity are all evident on the bouquet; the palate is dark and chewy but falls short of being ponderous as the wine progresses at an even and... Deep colour; vivid hue; fresh black fruits licorice toasty oak and sappy complexity are all evident on the bouquet; the palate is dark and chewy but falls short of being ponderous as the wine progresses at an even and stately pace across the palate; excellent execution indeed.
WF 94
Wine Front - Wine Front, February 2012
Licorice blackberry red jelly cut flowers plenty of spice and some pepper with oak in support but ever less than those that came before - or so it seems. It's medium to full bodied combining savoury saucy elements and a... Licorice blackberry red jelly cut flowers plenty of spice and some pepper with oak in support but ever less than those that came before - or so it seems. It's medium to full bodied combining savoury saucy elements and a little garrigue-like herb intrigue with almost juicy sweet fruit to great effect. Tannin is a little choppy and firm but ads shape and interest. Surprisingly vibrant and fresh too. An excellent Dead Arm.
RR 94
Rhone Report - The Rhone Report, June 2012
The 2008 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm is a superb effort in a difficult vintage. It's a deep meaty Shiraz that delivers an exotic array of pepper bramble blood and lavender like qualities that flow to a full-bodied... The 2008 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm is a superb effort in a difficult vintage. It's a deep meaty Shiraz that delivers an exotic array of pepper bramble blood and lavender like qualities that flow to a full-bodied balanced and long Shiraz that's kept vibrant and clean by juicy acidity and ripe tannin. It's certainly a fun drink now yet it should evolve effortlessly for 12-15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2010
Glass-staining purple. Dark berries licorice Indian spices violet and cocoa powder on the highly complex nose. Concentrated and tactile with superb depth and noteworthy definition to the black cherry and dark berry... Glass-staining purple. Dark berries licorice Indian spices violet and cocoa powder on the highly complex nose. Concentrated and tactile with superb depth and noteworthy definition to the black cherry and dark berry preserve flavors. Wonderfully broad but lively on the long sappy penetrating finish. The tannins are chewy but in no way dry or hard. The wine's excellent fruit will allow for early drinking.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2010
Deep garnet-purple colored the 2008 The Dead Arm Shiraz has a reduced rubber character to begin then pronounced aromas of warm blackberries licorice earth thyme moss and a whiff of game. Crisp full and very concentrated... Deep garnet-purple colored the 2008 The Dead Arm Shiraz has a reduced rubber character to begin then pronounced aromas of warm blackberries licorice earth thyme moss and a whiff of game. Crisp full and very concentrated in the mouth it has firm very fine tannins and a long earthy finish. Give it another year or two in bottle and drink it 2013 to 2020.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2013
Concentrated and intense, this wine features a potent whack of oak on the nose, with dark fruit and mocha overtones. There are enough hints of bright, raspberry-tinged fruit to warrant optimism about its aging trajectory... Concentrated and intense, this wine features a potent whack of oak on the nose, with dark fruit and mocha overtones. There are enough hints of bright, raspberry-tinged fruit to warrant optimism about its aging trajectory, but at the moment it is dark, heavy and slightly scorched. Try after 2017.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2012
This fresh open-textured Shiraz is generous with its currant and plum fruit mingling harmoniously with spicy notes on the slightly chalky finish. Drink now through 2016.- H.S.
JJB 93
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, November 2012
With an impenetrable opaque purple hue and a deeply concentrated bouquet that is unyielding without aeration this vintage of Dead Arm is a classically styled bottling. Intense aromas of Greek olive creamy blackberry jam... With an impenetrable opaque purple hue and a deeply concentrated bouquet that is unyielding without aeration this vintage of Dead Arm is a classically styled bottling. Intense aromas of Greek olive creamy blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate populate the glass as the wine opens up while still leaving much in reserve. With a focused shape on the palate the powerful flavors start off delicately and gain more intensity and richness towards the mid and backpalate. There's a crispness to the black fruit that keeps the flavors lively and fresh while adding elegance. A layer of graphite infused tannins forms a structural undercurrent to the round and fruit-filled finish. This is a well-proportioned Dead Arm that still maintains McLaren Vale's trademarks of dense fruit and licorice-laced tannins. Enjoy 2012-2026.